For the past eleven years, Community Medical Center employees and members
of the Medical Staff have collected and donated to local food pantries
through Health Care Harvest, the hospital's annual summer food drive.
Over 20,100 pounds of food was donated this year, including a generous
$5,000 donation from the Community Medical Center Medical Staff. Cumulatively
over the past eleven years, 174,730 pounds of food has been donated to
area food banks.
The food drive is founded by and has been run by Thomas Yanisko, Administrative
Director, Hospitality Services at Community Medical Center. "The
food drive coincides with the end of the school year since free meal programs
are no longer available and we don't want any child to go hungry,"
said Yanisko. "We want to make healthy food available to help establish
healthy eating habits for children," he added.
Departments within the hospital compete amongst themselves to collect the
most food. For the fifth consecutive year, the Finance Department earned
the award for most food donated per person. They collected 118 pounds
of food per person. The Emergency Department collected 2,564 pounds followed
closely by the Radiology Department with 2,063 pounds of food donated.
Health Care Harvest is one of many programs Community Medical Center employees
take part in as a way to give back to the community they serve. "Our
goal is to keep the community healthy, and participating in the food drive
is just another way to accomplish that," said Michael Mimoso, MHSA,
FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center.
"Our employees and medical staff are incredibly generous. They give
of themselves through the exceptional care they provide to our patients
and by their support of numerous community outreach programs, like the
food drive," he added.
In addition to the food drive, the hospital staff annually participate
in a Tools for School backpack and schools supplies drive and a Holiday
Toy Drive. The hospital also partners with the Barnegat school system
to offer the Healthcare Learning Collaborative, which provides high school
students a chance to learn about the wide variety of roles that take part
in the operation of a hospital.